Elder care advocates have known for quite some time that the percentage of senior community members will increase steadily over the coming years as the Baby Boomer generation begins to retire. There is concern that there are currently not enough resources devoted to senior care or to accommodate the soon to be rising needs. Our Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys know that the inability to provide the close care each senior needs often leads to elder abuse and neglect. It is important for state, local, and federal lawmakers to take steps to prepare for the potential problems facing an aging population.
One of those concerns includes ensuring that there are adequate (and properly maintained) nursing facilities where seniors can go when they need additional assitance. Ideally, there would be a steady increase in the number of available assisted-living facilities in our area so that local seniors can have options to compare different facilities capable of meeting their needs. Competition and choice are important ways that the worst facilities-those continually guilty of Illinois nursing home neglect-can be driven from the market.
The development of more senior living options seems to finally be getting off the ground in our area. For example, the Chicago Sun Times reported this weekend on a new $20.3 million assisted living facility that is set to go up in Gurnee. Ground was just broken on the project, which will ultimately have living space for over one hundred residents. It is expected that the facility will also employ as many as fifty people to provide a variety of services for those who ultimately live in the home. As the development company’s president explained, “we’re going to be touching the lives of hundreds of frail seniors in the area.”
The facility is expected to cater to those seniors who need some basic assistance, but who do not require the extensive aid provided in skilled nursing facilities. For example, there will be certified nursing assistances on duty at all times to help those who need it with medications, grooming, and basic mobility issues. However, it is hoped that residents will maintain a considerable amount of independence. Each will live in a separate apartment with a kitchenette, bathroom, and emergency response system. The facility will also house shared community spaces, such as an activity room, exercise area, library, and TV room.
Our Illinois elder neglect lawyers believe that the more senior care options available in our area, the better. However, no matter where seniors live, it will remain vital for their friends and relatives to keep a close eye on the care that they are receiving. Unfortunately, so many of these homes begin with great intentions, to provide a safe haven for vulnerable seniors, only to end up bastions of neglect down the road. No matter what, those in charges of facilities catering to the elderly must ensure that adequate resources are provided so that seniors receive the care that they are promised. It is one thing to claim to maximize the well-being of the elderly, but it is another to actually do so.
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